Peru – Largest Oil Refinery Capacity in the Country

When you think of Peru, what do you think of?  Before I took a trip to Lima Peru, I thought there was going to be little shops everywhere and people selling anywhere from jewelry to food, on the streets. Lima, Peru is actually the most industrialized city in South America.  “Peru has six major oil refineries with total capacity of 192,950 bbl/d. Repsol-YPF controls the largest facility in the country, La Pampilla, located in Lima, with a capacity of 102,000 bbl/d. The other privately-operated refinery…

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Wooden Pipeline

The title explains it all. In 1963 the raw materials were inside whiskey barrels and pulled by horses.  “Despite considerable ridicule, threats, armed attacks, arson and sabotage, the first wooden pipeline, about 9 miles in length, was built in 1865”   Today, oil pipelines are made out of steel or plastic tubes.  They are more than 9 miles in length. The Trans Canada pipeline is approximately 2147 miles.   Modern pipelines can be used for:   gather oil and gas over one mile beneath the…

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Butterfly Valves

“A Butterfly Valve is used to control the flow of material through a circular pipe or tube. They consist of a circular disc with its pivot axis at right angles to the direction material is flowing.” Some of the applications that use butterfly valves are air, gas, steam and liquid. The body can be made up of different materials such as cast iron, ductile iron, aluminum, carbon steel, stainless steel and exotic metals. “Depending on the application, additional valve features that may need to be…

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Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline may be a reality in 2020

“Natural gas from Alaska’s North Slope may finally find its way through Alaska and Alberta Canada via a 1,700-2,000 mile long natural gas pipeline by the year 2020. if required, a 1,500-mile long pipeline from Alberta to Chicago would also be built.” The Alaska Pipeline and the Denali Pipeline Projects have been up in the air whether to build or not to build.  One of them will certainly be built, but it depends on North America- if there will be enough demand for natural gas…

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Pipe Logistics Contractor Opens New Houston Headquarters

Have you heard of a high dollar, well-known company called Pe Ben USA? Well, I have not, until now! I discovered being how I am located in Houston, TX; Pe Ben USA recently consolidated its headquarters, maintenance, and also storage facility right here at a 20-acre location; located in Northwest Houston. However, they opened an office back in 1996, but decided to make Houston their homebound. Shocking right? Well it gets better… The CEO, Dale Mykyte bought the site in August 2010. They finally moved…

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$1 Billion Natural Gas Pipeline Proposed for PA

$1 Billion Natural Gas Pipeline Proposed for PA., would connect to Baltimore, DC areas While the Keystone XL Pipeline is waiting to be built, Philadelphia proposed a $1 Billion dollar Gas Pipeline connecting from Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington. Although the UGI Corporation, Energy Midstream L.P. & Capitol Energy Ventures came to conclusion to build a 200-mile pipeline on Thursday conference. The companies set a completed goal of 2015 and still need regulatory approval. This project would move at least 800,000…

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Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Lower Gasoline Prices?

Two questions: Who loves money? Who enjoys paying for gas at a low cost? If you say “I”, well you might just get lucky. The House of Representatives passed a bill requiring swift approval of the Keystone XL pipeline; however, they state the pipeline will carry heavy crude oil from Canada’s Alberta province to the Gulf Coast. Although the Obama administration has claimed it needs more time to study the possible environmental impact. – My questions are: How much time do you need Obama? Would…

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Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing was first used in Texas to stimulate oil wells as early as the 1940’s. Hydraulic fracturing also referred to as ‘Fracking’ has created a supply of low-cost natural gas. This reduces the cost of heating for people using natural gas to heat their homes, as well as low cost electricity. Shale is usually located thousands of feet below aquifer.  So the risk of aquifer contamination is virtually impossible.  Contamination usually occurs if the cement around the drill pipe is not sealed properly, this…

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